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John Oliver demonstrates the misleading nature of crisis pregnancy centers

On Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver demonstrated how easy it is to open a crisis pregnancy center, and to legally present yourself as a medical center and lie to women who are considering abortion. Like in season two when Oliver established the church Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption, SNL alum Rachel Dratch appeared as Oliver’s “wife” Wanda Jo Oliver to present the mobile crisis pregnancy center Vanned Parenthood. Dratch mocked the misinformation some centers give to women with over-the-top lies of her own.

One such lie was, “I tell women if they get an abortion it’ll make a ghost baby that’ll haunt their hoo ha forever.” Another was, “Getting an abortion turns your breast milk into Kombucha.” And finally, “After an abortion, your vagina seals shut like an Egyptian tomb.”

Oliver really did file the paperwork in New York to set up a more objective crisis pregnancy center under a nonprofit he created called Our Lady of Choosing Choice, and doing so has real advantages. Oliver said, “The best part is, just like our church, we are tax-exempt and we could be eligible for government funding. Praise discretionary budgets!” It remains to be seen whether or not Oliver will actually put Vanned Pregnancy into action.